Shorts Programs

Shorts: Savvy

From every experience, an education.


Presented by Center for Cultural Power


Short Narrative

Glitter Ain't Gold

A sixth grader takes a trip with his best friend to the flea market in order to buy his first fake chain.

  • Runtime: 14 minutes
  • Country: United States
  • Director: Christian Nolan Jones
  • Premiere: East Coast
Short Documentary


BODY LANGUAGE is a candid conversation about body image and experience for Black gay, queer, and same gender loving men. Brothers share their personal journeys in authentic dialogues about heartache and healing. This film speaks directly to Black g/q/SGL men but the ideas of self-love are universal.

  • Runtime: 10 minutes
  • Country: United States
  • Director: ODU ADAMU
  • Premiere: United States
Closed Captioning
  • Runtime: 16 minutes
  • Country: United States
  • Director: Rikkí Wright, Terence Nance
  • Premiere: World
Short Documentary

ᎤᏕᏲᏅ (What They’ve Been Taught)

Filmed on the Qualla Boundary and Cherokee Nation, ᎤᏕᏲᏅ (What They’ve Been Taught) explores expressions of reciprocity in the Cherokee world, brought to life through a story told by an elder and first language speaker.
  • Year: 2022
  • Runtime: 10 minutes
  • Country: United States
  • Director: Brit Hensel
  • Premiere: Philadelphia
Audio Descriptions Closed Captioning

A young woman struggling to acknowledge the first anniversary of her sister's death is lost in her grief. Can her close friend and past lover guide her into acceptance?

  • Runtime: 15 minutes
  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Director: Juliana Kasumu
  • Premiere: United States

Lesedi spends her days throwing stones at passing cars and hoping for something to happen. Unexpectedly, a car breaks down leading her to fear that she is responsible. Still, a transient connection is formed between Lesedi and the reluctant visitor.

  • Runtime: 15 minutes
  • Country: Germany
  • Director: Lindiwe Makgalemele
  • Premiere: North America

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Screening Partners

Nia Tero – ᎤᏕᏲᏅ
Outfest – Body Language


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